Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2008

20.

Payments to persons other than claimant or beneficiary.

20.— Section 244 of the Principal Act is amended—

( a) in subsection (1)—

(i) by substituting the following for paragraph ( b):

“( b) for—

(i) enabling a person to be appointed to exercise, on behalf of a claimant or beneficiary who—

(I) is under 16 years of age, or

(II) is certified by a medical practitioner to be a person who is or is likely soon to become unable for the time being to manage his or her own financial affairs,

any right or power otherwise exercisable under this Act by the claimant or beneficiary, and

(ii) subject to such conditions and in such circumstances as are prescribed for assuring the personal welfare of the claimant or beneficiary, authorising a person so appointed to receive and deal with any sum payable by way of benefit on behalf, and for the benefit, of the claimant or beneficiary,”,

(ii) by inserting “, subject to such conditions and in such circumstances as are prescribed,” after “enabling” in paragraph ( c),

and

( b) by inserting the following after subsection (2):

“(3) Regulations under this section may make provision for the powers exercisable by, and the obligations of, persons appointed to receive and deal with sums payable by way of benefit, including, in particular, an obligation to account for sums so received.”.